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Terms & Synonyms

Official WHO Definition

Small crustaceans which are the most numerous multi-celled animals in the aquatic community (WHO et al. 2003).

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Interpretations and Explanations

Their habitats range from the highest mountains to the deepest ocean trenches, and from the cold polar ice-water interface to the hot active hydrothermal vents. Copepods may be free-living, symbiotic, or internal or external parasites on almost every phylum of animals in water. They also have the potential to control malaria by consuming mosquito larvae and are thought to be intermediate hosts for many human and animal parasites (WHO et al. 2003).


WHO, WMO and UNEP (2003) Climate change and human health: risks and responses

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